STARS IGNITE: How to Ignite Efforts for Broadening Participation in Computing
Friday, September 20, 2019 — 2:30PM - 3:30PM
The STARS Computing Corps IGNITE program provides a low barrier to entry for people, especially faculty and students at academic institutions, to engage in meaningful efforts for broadening participation in computing (BPC). STARS provides training, resources, and a community for people committed to BPC to help them lead grass-roots BPC activities that build computing community, identity, and sense of belonging within their home institutions. Workshop attendees will be actively engaged in identifying opportunities for BPC efforts within their own institutions/communities and provided with a set of resources that can be tailored for their particular BPC project needs. Specifically, workshop participants will collaboratively identify the intersection of local needs and challenges, the passion and skills of potential volunteers, and existing institutional/community resources. This STARS approach to the creation of grass-roots BPC activities helps computing professionals, including faculty and students, realize their ambitions to increase diversity, access, equity, and inclusion in computing. With just-enough & just-in-time training to support BPC activities at participants’ home institutions, this STARS IGNITE mini-workshop provides resources & a foundation for future efforts.
Jamie Payton, Associate Professor and Chair, Temple University; Director of Scaling Project at STARS Computing Corps
Tiffany Barnes, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University; Director of Evaluation at STARS Computing Corps